Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 1, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
Berenstain Bears turn 50
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Vol. 145, No. 32^ ou r Lo <*ii I Source Since I8(>7 www.aikenstandard.comSoldier who died overseas had Aiken ties
By AMY BANTON
A Special Forces soldier who died last week in Afghanistan has local ties'.
Sgt. I st Class Anthony Veneta Jr., 30, died Friday from injuries Sustained in a noncombat-related incident at Bagram Airfield in the
Parwan province of Afghanistan. He is the son of Tony Veneta: Sr. of Aiken, according to Buz Yarnell of Fort Gordon's public affairs.
The cause of death is undetermined at this time and is under investigation, according to a press release from the Department of Defense.
Veneta, a native of Long Island,
N.Y., was an engineer with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) based at Fort Bragg, according to the press release.
The soldier's remains were returned Sunday to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, according to The Associated Press.
Veneta began his military
career in 2001 as an infantryman with a unit based out of Prince William, Va. He later attended basic combat training and advanced individual training at Fort Benning.
Veneta was assigned to tine 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment based at Fort Hood, Texas. He was assigned to a scout platoon in
which he was deployed to Cuba and served two tours in Iraq.
In 2007, Veneta began training to be a Special Forces soldier. In March 2009, he graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course and was assigned to 7th Group.
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County will discuss backing anti-illegal immigration bill
By HALEY HUGHES
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Aiken County Councilwoman Kathy Raw ls is asking the rest of Council to support the state’s legislature in its consideration of a hill that mirrors An zona’s illegal immigration law.
The bill (S.20) provides that when a law enforcement officer has reasonable suspicion that a person w ho has been stopped, detained or arrested is an alien unlawfully in the United States, the officer or his agency must follow certain procedures to venfy the person’s immigration status. If the agency receives vcnlication the alien is here unlawf ully, the agency may transport that person to a federal facility.
A proposed resolution to support the hill will he heard by Council today.
‘This just lets them know that we as a county support this,” Rawls said.
Arizona’s law has received praise for us tough stance on illegal immigration reform and has w ithstood vehement backlash that it would lead to racial and ethnic profiling.
“The bill states that, as tar as an officer stopping someone, there has to be a reason. It’s not supposed to be by race or whatever,” Rawls said of the South Carolina bill.
The bill states that a few enforcement officer may not “consider race, color or national origin** when enforcing the bill if it becomes law.
The bill is sitting in the Senate Judiciary Committee
South Carolina is not the only state looking at such a bill. Georgia, Mississippi, Indiana, Florida, Nebraska, Kentucky, Utah, Pennsylvania and Texas are among the states where similar bills have been drafted.
"The bill states that, as far as an officer stopping someone, there has to he a reason. It s not supposed to be by race or whatever. "
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► When? Today at 7 p m.
► Where? County Council chambers, located at
736 Richland Ave
In other business, Council will consider further discussion of proposed amendments to a noise ordinance.
The proposed amendment would permit loud noise comtng from a racetrack and other retreat nm venues until midnight if Aiken County Public Schools are not in session the next day. If school is in session the day following an event, the ordinance stipulates that the loud noise must stop at IO p.m.
Carolina Dragway in Jackson, and the noise accompanying the racing events held there, has been at the center of the discussion from the beginning.
Farber this month, drag strip owner Jeff Miles offered to build a sound barrier that would help buffo’ noise coming from the facility.
Aiken County Council meets today at 7 p m. in chambers located at 736 Richland Ave.
This is a breakdown of the S.20 bin.
No official or agency of South Carolina may limit or restrict the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
An alien's immigration status may be determined by:
• a law enforcement officer who is authorized by the federal government to venfy or ascertain an alien's immigration status; or
• the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the United State Customs and Border Protection.
lf chining the commission of a lawful stop, detention or arrest by a law enforcement officer, where reasonable simpleton exists that a person stopped is an alien and unlawfully present rn the United States, a reasonable attempt shaft be made to determine the immigration status of the person, unless the determination may hinder or obstruct an investigation.
An officer may not consider race, color or national origin when attempting to determine the immigration status
A person is presumed to not be an aken unlawfully present in the United States if the person provides to the law enforcement officer any of the follow ing;
• a valid South Carolina driver's
• a valid South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles identification card,
• a valid tribal enrolment card or other form of tubal identification; or
• any valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification.
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City will fill three
■ City manager will go through almost 200 resumes for the positions of assistant city manager, human resources director and public service director.
By AMY BANTON
The City of Aiken lies three open positions dial the new coy manager is working to fill.
City Manager Richard Pearce will be going through almost 200 resumes for the positions of assistant city manager, human resources director and public service director.
The acceptance of applications closed Jan. 19, and now the reviewing process begins. Interest from the city, state and around the country has been expressed regarding the three v acant jobs.
“We have strong interest in all three positions,” Pearce said.
A total of 105 resumes were receiv ed for the assistant cly manager position, Pearce said, approximately 40 resumes each for the human resources director and public sen ice director positions were turned rn.
“I’ve been quite humbled to go through the applications because these folks have presented tremendous credentials,” Pearce said. “This reaffirms that Aiken is not just a place to visit but also a place where people want to work, live and raise a lanuiy.”
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East Aiken students meet renowned pianist
By ROB NOVIT
Solo pianist Tzu-Feng Liu, a Taiwan native now living in New Mexico, has performed throughout die world.
On Friday, she discussed lief carcer and performed for a group of Ii fib-graders at the I ast Aiken Elementary School of the Arts.
Liu described how she does a lot of ( hopui works and also considers Bach one of her favorites.
“He w as die father of music fbi many composers who came later,” Liu said.
During a quests >n-and-answer session, fitth-grader Logan Ford asked if she likes Beethoven, too, and Liu smiled with pleasure.
“Oh yes, very much,” she said.
Logan has begun taking violin lessons with about IS other students during East Aiken’s
alier-school program. He has always liked gospel music, although “I never thought I’d like classical music Bm it’s
Liu came to Aiken for USC Aiken’s Winter Nocturne Concert on Thursday night, sponsored by university donor Ben Cox tor the second straight year. All proceeds went to the college’s music department.
She also did outreach programs at USCA, meeting with music students and also providing master classes for a college student and two high school pianists. Liu visited with orchestra musicians at Aiken High School ami the Davidson Fine Aits School in Augusta.
“It was really a treat,” said Dr. Joel Scraper, vocal professor at USCA. “She has been v ery kind and very good with the students.”
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Staff photo by Rob Novi!
Solo pianist Tzu-Feng Liu performs for East Aiken Elementary School of the Arts students lo an outreach program. A night earlier, Uu gave a concert at USC Aiken to benefit the university's musk department.